Despite restrictions in place to contain the COVID-19 spread, the large crowd outside the counting center in Hathras violated COVID-19 regulations.
India News reports the State Election Commission (SEC) stated that candidates and their agents could only join the counting centers if they had received a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours before counting or had completed the second vaccine dose. According to the SEC, a doctor will be present at each counting center with medicines for people showing symptoms of COVID-19.
After receiving assurance from the SEC that the COVID-19 protocols would be followed at all 829 counting centers, the Supreme Court declined to suspend the counting process on May 1. During a separate urgent hearing, Justices A M Khanwilkar and Hrishikesh Roy issued the order. The vast crowd outside the Hathras counting center, on the other hand, defied all COVID-19 rules.
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